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The city of Kent, Ohio, has informed me that it does not have a flag.
Valentin Poposki, 20 December 2010

The City of Kent, Ohio, recently informed me that the City doesn't have a flag. However, a discussion in the City Council from 06.01.2010 adds some light on that issue:

"...Ms. Shaffer asked if they have a City flag, and Mr. Roberts said they do, somewhat. He said there is some recollection of a flag that mimicked the Tree City logo, but he has not seen it for a long time. Ms. Shaffer asked if it had its own separate pole, and Mr. Roberts said it flew below the American flag on the same pole. Ms. Shaffer asked if they adopt this policy if they are beholden to follow all of the events, and Mr. Roberts said the events listed by date are currently being followed. He said they are either in the US Code or by presidential proclamation. He said one example is the Korean Veterans Day, which is by presidential order. Ms. Shaffer asked if they already do them, and Mr. Roberts said that was correct. Ms. Shaffer asked if this would be an addendum, and Mr. Roberts said it would be an additional policy. Ms. Shaffer asked who is in charge of the flag, and Mr. DeLeone indicated Mr. Wilson was in charge. Mr. Roberts said it falls to the Service Department, and Gerald Shanley, their arborist. He said Mr. Shanley has made it his persona mission to be sure they are raised and lowered, which comes from his strong military background. Ms. Wallach said she liked the idea where they would lower the City flag, except no one knows where the City flag is and it does not have its own pole. She said that takes care of it. Mr. Roberts said they would have to resurrect the City flag, and erect a pole. Ms. Wallach commented it is not an alternative. Mr. Kuhar asked how they can live in a free country, and not have the right to honor their heroes or exemplary people by lowering the flag, and noted he did not expect an answer.

There was no further questions nor audience comment at this time.
Motion made by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Kuhar, and carried by a voice vote of 7-0-1, with Mr. Valenta abstaining."
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Valentin Poposki, 8 January 2011

The design of the City flag from and after the date of this resolution (Resolution 1975-155, passed October 15, 1975) shall be as follows: the background shall be blue symbolizing the Cuyahoga River, trimmed in gold, the City color; within the borders of the flag shall be a tree symbolizing the tree city motto and a lamp of knowledge symbolizing the presence and contributions of our school system and Kent State University.
(Res. 1975-155. Passed 10-15-75)

City to fly new flag
Nine-year-old Keith Bauer had his name recorded in the city books Wednesday night. Bauer, 1624 Chadwick Drive, is a fourth grader at Holden Elementary. He won a contest sponsored by the Kent Jaycee Janes, wives of Kent Jaycees, for designing an official city flag. Kent City Council unanimously adopted his design at their meeting. BAUER'S CREATION is the same size and shape as Ohio's state flag. Colors are blue and gold, symbolizing the Cuyahoga River and city color, respectively. The design includes a tree for Kent, "The Tree City,' and a lamp of knowledge for the city's school system and KSU. Mayor Joseph Sorboro indicated at an Oct. 1 meeting he would check into the cost of flags and the number needed.
Cody Topp, 18 May 2020


[Municipal seal] image located by Paul Bassinson, 9 November 2019

Paul Bassinson, 9 November 2019